Nucleation, growth and characterization of cubic boron nitride (cBN) films

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6159-6174
Journal / PublicationJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Volume40
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2007

Abstract

Cubic BN (cBN) has a set of extreme properties similar or even superior to diamond. The advance of science and technology of cBN has however been severely hampered by the poor quality of the material available (random orientation, limited film thickness, poor crystallinity and adhesion with substrates due to a non-cubic BN interlayer). This paper reviews the recent progress in the nucleation, growth and characterization techniques of cBN films. It describes various successful approaches in interface engineering and growth techniques in increasing film thickness, improving crystallinity and adhesion of cBN films to the substrate, which are the major issues hindering cBN films for both mechanical and electronic applications. Based on observations of the surface and interface structures, we further discuss the growth mechanisms of cBN films via physical and chemical routes. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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Nucleation, growth and characterization of cubic boron nitride (cBN) films. / Zhang, W. J.; Chong, Y. M.; Bello, I.; Lee, S. T.

In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Vol. 40, No. 20, 21.10.2007, p. 6159-6174.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review